Morning Free Association: The Weekend is for Winning

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This weekend, the Bruins wrapped up their four-game homestand with a back-to-back full of

winning

David Pastrnak had a Pasta-trick on his way to a six-point weekend. With 16 goals on the season, Pasta is leading the league in goals with a four-way tie for second with 12.

His line mates didn’t fare poorly either: Bergeron and Brad each scored at least one goal and had multiple assists. Bergeron was leading the league in points heading into the matchup on Sunday only to be taken down a peg by Mikko Rantanen. THere’s still room for a comeback.

What was also nice about this weekend was that there was a sign of life in secondary scoring with goals from Joakim Nordstrom, Danton Heinen, and a first career NHL goal from recent emergency call-up Jeremy Lauzon. (Brandon Carlo was out with an UBI sustained on Saturday night.)

The Bruins head out on the road for the next four games starting first in Colorado on Wednesday night.

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phonymahoney
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Ha! I’m with Ben!

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It kinda feels like we’ve got a coherent 3rd forward line. I’m cautiously chuffed about that.

The 2nd line looked better these last 2 games. Jeff pointed out that DK46 is on pace for >70pts, and I’m trying to figure out where those points are coming from. Even with a bit more scoring from Heinen & Nordstrom, it still feels like the David Pastrnak show 24×7 out there.

phonymahoney
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It kinda feels like we’ve got a coherent 3rd forward line. I’m cautiously chuffed about that.

Same here. I’m trying not to get too excited – ESPECIALLY because I love JFK because I watched him play at BU.
They’ve bee fun to watch these last two games and it seems like Heinen and Bjork complement JFK’s game, and vice versa.

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Winning is fun. I suggest the Bruins do more of that. Tapped out last night watching the game.

phonymahoney
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Best part of last night’s win? When Pasta scored, on the jumbotron they showed Snuffy eating giant spaghetti and meatballs. Classic.

https://youtu.be/9uwxyyeW51w

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Morning, hockey pals!

  • Fun night at the garden yesterday.
  • I really wish someone scored when krejci dove to keep the puck in the zone. Would have been a spectacular highlight.
  • https://twitter.com/bruinsnetwork/status/1061784422398283776?s=21

  • Malcolm Subban must have been watching Tuukka Thursday night, given his moves on Lauzon’s goal.
  • That third line. We finally have one!
  • Too bad having a third line means we have a six million dollar fourth liner. Yeesh.
  • IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Noel Acciari has been a healthy scratch for the past two games
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    but we can rebuild him
    make him older…
    slower…
    make him make the sound “na-na-na-na-na” when he skates
    We can make him
    David Backes!
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    The London Bear
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    Too bad having a third line means we have a six million dollar fourth liner. Yeesh.

    Yeah but it’s better than playing him on a higher line just because he makes second line money, surely?

    Looked like a fun game to go to! I only got to see the highlights because it was a blackout game and I was too tired to watch it live thru a VPN.

    Winning and secondary scoring! And more goals from the league’s top scorer!

    Wonder what’s up with Tuukka. Could be a million things so no point speculating. Hope to have him back soon.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I saw yesterday the Bruins think he might be back with the team tomorrow. Hope all is well and the douchecanoes who think they’re so cool saying shit about Tuukka can get bent. Bunch of dicks.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Yeah but it’s better than playing him on a higher line just because he makes second line money, surely?

    It’s weird to have a fourth liner being paid that much but definitely good on Cassidy for putting him where he belongs despite the contract.

    phonymahoney
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    Yeah but it’s better than playing him on a higher line just because he makes second line money, surely?

    Dude, I couldn’t agree more. I was looking at it with a “this isn’t going to go anywhere good” kind of line of thinking

    The London Bear
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    Bs obviously aren’t afraid to take a gamble, whether it’s giving a young guy a chance or giving a big contract to a player who might be past his best but who just might find a new lease of life. Not all their gambles are going to pay off.
    It’s a bummer to be stuck with it but I like their approach in general.

    phonymahoney
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    Yup! I’m just afraid Cassidy will do something Claude-ish!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    If he’s going to do something Claude-ish it better be wearing a fedora at the Winter Classic!

    phonymahoney
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    YES PLEASE

    Bruce is fashionable so I could see this happening
    http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2010/0101/nhl_ag_winterclassic07_800.jpg

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    We knew that the contract wasn’t going to look so great by year 3 or 4, but yuck. I kind of wanna duck my head into HFBoards to see the carnage – they were killing Chris Kelly in ’15 for a cap hit of $3M, I can’t imagine the hullabaloo over a guy with a $6M cap hit doing 4th line duty.

    I always thought Backes was a bad fit, though they needed to back-fill a leadership gap in the locker room, and he definitely helped there.

    Now it’s just depressing – every time I see him on the ice, I have no particular fear that he’s going to score, and he seems like a poor fit on the 3rd line. On the 4th, he seems redundant with Acciari (hence the snark above). So the fit is bad, there’s no trading him at that price. And he may be too expensive to buy-out (that cap hit would stick around nigh forever). So do you keep him on the 4th line at $6M, when a $725K player would suffice? Do you send an NHL quality player to the AHL next time you need cap space? Do you trade him and retain $4M/yr until 2021? All of the options are bad.

    The London Bear
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    Would Bs keep the whole cap hit if he goes to AHL? I think he has NMC until next year anyway.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Yeah, he’s got the dreaded NMC.